FROM Walt Hickey
Betting (and Winning) on the Oscars The Academy Awards ceremony is one of America's most-watched events, and Sunday's broadcast will be hyped for "suspense," as usual. But insiders and savvy gamblers know that most of the nominees don't have much chance of winning. There are only 6000 members of the Academy, and they choose the winners for "weird reasons." Nevertheless, winners are predictable, and Oscar night is a good night for gamblers. That's according to Walt Hickey, lead life-style writer for FiveThirtyEight , a data-driven website that specializes in predictions. Photo: John Eckman
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?